10 Home-Based Business Tips to Keep Parents Sane ©

Let’s get one thing straight, if you are at home raising children then you’re already a ‘work-at-home parent’.  If you want to extend that role to making money from home, others should bow to your ambition because it isn’t easy.  It’s certainly possible, however, and I know that from experience.  From the time my son was one year old, I’ve run home-based businesses both full-time and part-time.  He has since grown into a fine young man, and I’m still a relatively sane work-at-home Mom.

A few of my Canadian home-based businesses:

The first licensed day-home north of Yellowknife, Canada
Product development & formulation (Pet care products)
Specialized Virtual Assistant (marketing management, communications & content)
Website & graphics design
Affiliate marketing and management
Online community management (forums, social media, etc.)
Freelance writing

Get Real

Operating a home-based business when you have children isn’t the relaxed lifestyle some make it out to be.  You’ll get more time with the kids, but there will be days that you wonder if it wouldn’t be easier to go back to work outside the home.  It’s stressful to get work done and the pressure to make a decent amount of money can be overwhelming.  Then there’s the parental guilt.  Are you spending too much time working?  Should you feel this frustrated when the kids need something while you’re trying to work? It’s enough to drive you back into the workforce, but there are ways to ensure your home-based business doesn’t take a mental toll.
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Home-Based Business Tips for Work-At-Home Moms and Dads

  1. The most important part of making it work, especially with very young children, is to let it happen when it can.  Otherwise, if you decide to work for four hours/day on your home-based business and your child starts teething or something else interferes, you’ll get frustrated.  Remember your primary job is taking care of your children and the business is something to do in your spare time.  If the business demands commitment on the clock and it’s in the budget, use childcare services for a few hours.  Don’t sacrifice your own rest or mental well-being by putting pressure on yourself.
  2. Once the kids are in school, you can get more serious about your home business.  You’ll still have household chores to attend to and other things will come up, so start slow by committing to a couple of hours at a time during which you are most alert.
  3. Keep a list of things you want to do when you may be distracted or interrupted, such as short tasks or research.
  4. Keep another list of ideas. When a bright idea hits you in the middle of making lunch, write it down so you don’t forget and can implement it when you have more time.  I’ve had dozens of those ‘Little Fat Notebooks’ over the years, with a master list on my PC.
  5. Organize your learning.  Blogs are a fantastic learning tool but it’s easy to miss crucial information.  Many books, eBooks and online courses will guide you through everything you need to know to be a success. Pack up the kids and head to your local library to get started.
  6. Teach yourself what you need to know if money is tight. Even if your business doesn’t work out, you’ll have a new set of skills for when you go back to work.  If you don’t have time to focus on learning and the budget allows it, hire people so your time can be spent on tasks that require your attention.
  7. Keep both your office and home as organized as possible.  I learned (and continue to learn) this one the hard way.
  8. It’s tough to get the rest of the family to take you seriously, especially if you’re not yet making a lot of money. Talk about your business and mental health, explaining why they still need to help around the house.
  9. Teach your children to amuse themselves.  If you leap into action every time they demand it, you’re not teaching them how to survive in the real world… and you’ll drive yourself crazy.
  10. Take care of you.  Get out by yourself, take a long, uninterrupted bath, go for a walk or to the library alone. Whatever it is, make it all about you for at least a couple of hours each week. This point is especially crucial during Canada’s long, dreary Winters.

Some of the best home business opportunities for parents can be found online. The Internet can accommodate erratic schedules and online businesses don’t have to involve commitments to other people. Here are Six Online Side Hustles Perfect for Parents.

I was already being primed for management at a major utilities company in my early twenties when my son was born, but I wouldn’t trade my life’s sharp left turn to being a Canadian work-at-home Mom for anything.  You can do it, you will do it, and we’re going to help you do it!

 You may also be interested in reading:
10 Low-Cost Side Businesses you can Start Online from Home
11 Unexpected Ways You Can Make Money From Blogging
Online Marketplaces for Canadian Sellers


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11 Responses to "10 Home-Based Business Tips to Keep Parents Sane ©"

  1. Rhoda L  July 11, 2018

    ok first of all where are you going to find sane parents???? LOL High-performing insanity is the best you’re going to get out of me on my best days. Gret tips though!!

  2. Centa  June 4, 2017

    This is great. This can be really helpful too hands on parents.

  3. Maya  December 14, 2016

    I’m not sure I was sane to begin with…

  4. Vienna  December 11, 2016

    I tried too hard to be everything to everybody at first but now I do what I can. Everyone is happier.

  5. Janine  September 12, 2012

    Excellent tips! I need to work on the me time part 🙂

  6. Angie Nelson  September 7, 2012

    These are great tips for any home business owner.

    Thanks for being part of Work at Home Weekend, Melody. I wish you most success online.

  7. Gerald  August 21, 2012

    I’m a writer & stay at home dad but I need help with marketing in Canada on a strict budget. So happy to find your site!

  8. Carol  August 21, 2012

    I home school my children and have found many ways to make a little money from home here and there. I need it for my sanity mostly. Now that they can do more self-study I’m seeking more opportunities.

  9. Nadia NWT  August 21, 2012

    It can be hard but I love working at home with my kids. They help me with my eBay business now that they’re older and one is becoming quite a little business woman.

  10. Janine  August 20, 2012

    I don’t regret it either! My kids are well behaved and well adjusted and I haven’t missed a thing while earning an income for my family.

  11. Laurie  August 20, 2012

    Great tips! It’s tough but I’m making progress and looking forward to more Canadian coaching. I’m just about to start my blog once I get the settings how I want them.


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